Human beings are a work in progress, and working on ourselves brings huge benefits. But it’s often difficult to understand what we need to change, or find ways to be the person we really want to be. TED talks can be inspirational, educational, and help us make changes to our life.

Here are 10 talks that will help you feel like a different person.

1. Why we all need to practice emotional first aid

We often talk about the need to look after our bodies and live a healthy lifestyle in order to prevent illness. But why don’t we treat mental health in the same way? This talk looks at how we can care for our emotional health and work on keeping our minds healthy.

2. I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace

Anyone who has had a bad upbringing will know the importance of breaking away from your past. The speaker in this talk may have experienced a more extreme situation than most, but there are lessons for all of us on how we can take control and choose a different path.

3. Living beyond limits

So often we focus on what we can’t do, not what we can do. We place restrictions on ourselves, believing that something is out of our reach. This TED talk will show you how, when you’re determined enough, you can achieve what you want. Many people deal with disabilities, yet don’t let that stop them from living a full life.

4. Where does creativity hide?

Inspiration can be elusive when you’re a writer, artist or musician, and you waste a lot of time trying to find your muse. Listen to novelist Amy Tan to help you awaken your own creativity.

5. Less stuff, more happiness

Have you ever gone shopping to cheer yourself up, only to find that it hasn’t made any difference? We accumulate so many possessions, so listen to this talk to find out how you can benefit from a more minimalist approach to life and finding better ways of being happy.

6. How I became an entrepreneur at 66

How often do we say “I’m too old for …?” Stop thinking that you’ve missed the boat for finding love, starting a new business, or getting a degree – with our lifespans increasing, it’s never too late.

7. An interview with Mauritius’s first female president

100 years after women first gained the right to vote, women are still underrepresented in political and business life. Be encouraged by this interview with one of the trailblazers who shows that women can move into male-dominated positions.

8. The beauty of human skin in every color

Being comfortable in your own skin makes for a happy person. This talk by a photographer is intended to help create a sense of community between people – something that is very important at a time when we are often divided.

9. Tools for a better world

Many people feel worried about the world and wonder if they can really do anything to make it a better place. They think that one person can’t make a difference. In fact, there is a lot you can do, even if only on a small scale.

10. What I learned from 100 days of rejection

Fear of being rejected stops us from asking out someone we like, asking for a promotion, or going for a career change. It stems from a fear of failure. Learn from this talk how you can handle rejection and even turn it to your advantage.


William Grigsby

William Grigsby

William Grigsby used to be a bio-engineer, but now works at Assignment Masters. He works mostly for students, but has also been published in the academic press and on several high ranking websites, which include Business Insider, LiveStrong, New Scientist, and BBC.

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